Prof Tim Woods

BA Hons (Bristol) MA PhD (Southampton)

Prof Tim Woods

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IAH Institute Director

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Conferences

Tim has been the organiser of several conferences at Aberystwyth University, including the the British Association of American Studies 2003 Conference at Aberystwyth. He served as Chair of the Conference Sub-Committee on the BAAS Executive Committee until 2006. He is a member of the Higher Education Academy and he served as a member of Panel 47 (American and Area Studies) for the RAE 2007. He is also on the Peer Review panel for the AHRC. After a term as Head of the Department of English (2002-2007), he is currently Dean of the Faculty of Arts.

Teaching

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Twentieth-Century writing; African literatures in English; Contemporary British and American poetry; modernist and postmodernist writing; and literary theory, especially Marxism and poststructuralism.

Research

Tim's main teaching and research interests are Twentieth-Century writing; African literatures in English; Contemporary British and American poetry; modernist and postmodernist writing; and literary theory, especially Marxism and poststructuralism. He has a particular interest in the relationship of ethics to literature, as well as representations of history and memory in twentieth-century literature. He has supervised research degrees in a range of subjects including Ngugi wa Thiong'o and African fiction, contemporary British Poetry, contemporary American Poetry, Religion and the Metaphysics of Postmodernism, contemporary American Fiction, Emmanuel Levinas, Postmodernism and Nihilism, and Cyberpunk Fiction, and would welcome doctoral applications in any of these areas. He is currently writing a book on post-apartheid South African Literature, and researching American poetry in 1950s and 1960s New England.

Publications

Woods, T 1993, 'Louis Zukofsky and Theodor Adorno: The 'Negative Dialectics' of Zukofsky's 'A'' Parataxis: Modernism and modern writing, vol 3, pp. 40-66.
Woods, T 1991, ''Liquid Letters': Alan Halsey's 'Five Years Out'' Fragmente, vol 3, pp. 64-69.
Woods, T 2001, Who's Who of Twentieth-Century Novelists. Who's Who, Taylor & Francis, London.
Middleton, P & Woods, T 2001, 'Textual memory: The making of the Titanic's literary archive' Textual Practice, vol 15, no. 3, pp. 507-526. DOI: 10.1080/09502360110070420
Middleton, P & Woods, T 2000, Literatures of Memory: Time, Space and History in Postwar Writing. Illustrated edn, Manchester University Press.
Woods, T 2000, 'Memory and Ethics in Contemporary Poetry' English, vol 49, no. 194, pp. 155-165. DOI: 10.1093/english/49.194.155
Rainsford, D & Woods, T 1999, Ethics and Textuality. in D Rainsford & T Woods (eds), Critical Ethics: Text, Theory and Responsibility. Springer Nature, Basingstoke, pp. 1-19.
Woods, T, Hadfield, A & Rainsford, D 1999, Literature and the Return to Ethics. in A Hadfield, D Rainsford & T Woods (eds), The Ethics in Literature. Springer Nature, Basingstoke, pp. 1-14.
Woods, T, Rainsford, D & Hadfield, A (eds) 1999, The Ethics in Literature. Springer Nature, Basingstoke.
Woods, T 1999, Treacherous Assault to Prolonged Siege: Directions in Contemporary British Poetry Since 1975. in W Gortschacher (ed.), Poetry now: Contemporary British and Irish Poetry in the Making. Studies in English and comparative literature, Taylor & Francis, Tubingen, pp. 19-30.
Woods, T 1999, Spectres of History: Ethics and Postmodern Fictions of Temporality. in D Rainsford & T Woods (eds), Critical Ethics: Text, Theory and Responsibility. Springer Nature, Basingstoke, pp. 105-121.
Rainsford, D & Woods, T (eds) 1998, Critical Ethics: Text, Theory and Responsibility. 1 edn, Springer Nature, Basingstoke.
Woods, T 1998, 'Mending the Skin of Memory: Ethics and history in contemporary narratives' Rethinking History, vol 2, no. 3, pp. 339-348. DOI: 10.1080/13642529809408970
Woods, T & Grice, H 1998, Grand (Dis)Unified Theories?: Dislocated Discourses in Gut Symmetries. in H Grice & T Woods (eds), 'I'm telling you stories': Jeanette Winterson and the Politics of Reading. Postmodern Studies, vol. 25, Brill, Amsterdam & Atlanta, GA, pp. 117-126.
Grice, H & Woods, T 1998, Reading Jeanette Winterson Writing. in 'I'm telling you stories': Jeanette Winterson and the Politics of Reading. Postmodern Studies, vol. 25, Brill, Amsterdam & Atlanta, GA, pp. 1-11.
Grice, H & Woods, T (eds) 1998, "I'm telling you stories": Jeanette Winterson and the Politics of Reading. Brill, Amsterdam & Atlanta, GA.
Woods, T 1998, '"Thought, itself, ruptured": The Spiritual Materialist Poetics of David Miller' The Poet's Voice, vol 4, no. 2, pp. 95-113.
Woods, T 1996, 'Alan Halsey: Shadow Recension' Pages, vol 397-420, pp. 418-419.
Woods, T 1996, The Ethical Subject: The Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. in K Simms (ed.), Ethics and the Subject . Critical Studies, vol. 8, Brill, Amsterdam, pp. 53-60.
Woods, T 1996, 'Allen Fisher's Place Project and the 'Spatial Turn'' Parataxis: Modernism and modern writing, vol 8, pp. 39-46.
Woods, T 1995, 'Looking for signs in the sky': Urban Space and the Postmodern in Paul Auster's In The Country of Last Things. in D Barone (ed.), Beyond the Red Notebook: Essays on Paul Auster. Penn Studies in Contemporary American Fiction, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, pp. 107-128.
Woods, T 1995, The Music of Chance: Aleatorical (Dis)harmonies Within 'The City of the World'. in D Barone (ed.), Beyond the Red Notebook: Essays on Paul Auster. Penn Studies in Contemporary American Fiction, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, pp. 143-161.
Woods, T 2015, "Moving among my particulars": The Negative Dialectics of 'The Maximus Poems'. in D Herd (ed.), Contemporary Olson., Chap 17, Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 233-251.
Woods, T 2014, 'Cid Corman: Editor, Translator, Poet' Paideuma, vol 41, pp. 49-78.
Woods, TS 2013, 'South African Literature in the time of AIDS' Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol 48, no. 2, pp. 305-324. DOI: 10.1177/0021989412473098
Grice, H & Woods, TS 2012, 'Human Rights, Human Wrongs: literatures of captivity' Textual Practice, vol 26, no. 5, pp. 829-850. DOI: 10.1080/0950236X.2012.730275
Woods, TS 2012, Black Mountain and Associates: "Origin" (1951-2007) and "The Black Mountain Review" (1954-7). in P Brooker & A Thacker (eds), The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. Volume II, North America 1894-1960. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 966-82.
Woods, TS 2012, Academic Magazines: "The Morningside" (1815-1932); "Yale Review" (1819-); "The Columbia review" (1932-); "The Wake" (1944-6, 1948-53); "Chicago Review" (1946-); "The Georgia Review" (1947-); "Epoch" (1947-); "The Beloit Poetry Journal" (1950-); "TriQuarterly" (1958-); and "The Big Table" (1959-1960). in P Brooker & A Thacker (eds), The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. Volume II, North America 1894-1960. vol. 2, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 945-58.
Woods, T 2011, A Complex Legacy: Modernity's Uneasy Discourse of Ethics and Responsibility. in D James (ed.), The Legacies of Modernism: Historicising Postwar and Contemporary Fiction. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 153-169.
Woods, TS 2011, 'George Oppen and the Public Sphere' Journal of American Studies, vol 45, no. 3, pp. 443-462. DOI: 10.1017/S0021875810001726
Woods, T 2010, Modernism and African Literature. in P Brooker, A Gasiorek, D Longworth & A Thacker (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 926-941.
Woods, T 2010, Beginning Postmodernism. 2nd edn, Manchester University Press, Manchester.
Woods, T 2007, African Pasts: Memory and History in African Literatures. Manchester University Press.
Woods, T 2006, 'Zukofsky at Columbia', Jacket Magazine, 30.
Woods, T 2006, Reading Urban Spaces in African Texts. in C Lindner (ed.), Urban Space and Cityscapes: Perspectives from Modern and Contemporary Culture . Questioning Cities, Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 101-111.
Woods, T 2006, 'Preferring the wrong way': Mapping the Ethical Diversity of US Twentieth-Century Poetry. in The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Culture. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 450-468.
Woods, T 2005, Memory, geography, identity: African Writing and Modernity. in P Brooker & A Thacker (eds), Geographies of Modernism: Literatures, Cultures, Spaces. Taylor & Francis, pp. 126-135.
Woods, T 2003, Re-Enchanting the City: Sites and Non-Sites in Urban Fiction. in P Laplace & E Tabuteau (eds), Cities on the Margin/On the Margin of Cities: Representations of Urban Space in Contemporary Irish and British Fiction. Presses Universitaires de Franche-Comté, France, pp. 63-80.
Woods, T 2003, 'Giving and Receiving: Nuruddin Farah's Gifts, or, the Postcolonial Logic of Third World Aid' Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol 38, no. 1, pp. 91-112. DOI: 10.1177/0021989404381008
Woods, T 2003, The Poetics of the Limit: Ethics and Politics in Modern and Contemporary American Poetry. Springer Nature.
Woods, T 2003, Art tracking music: Louis Zukofsky's Po/Ethics of Music. in Poetry and Music. Liege, pp. 121-138.
Woods, T 2003, Literature and History. in P Lambert & P Schofield (eds), Historians and the Practices of History. Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 162-173.